Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2 Myths About Organ Donation Dispelled

HUFFPOST Impact

On April 1, 2016, the Gift of Life Donor Program and Donors are Heroes are holding a fundraising gala to raise funds for public education programs that emphasize the benefits and dispel many of the myths surrounding organ donations. John Green, the director of community relations at The Gift of Life Program, said, “There are currently 5,759 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in our region (Eastern half of PA, S. NJ and DE) and over 121,000 nationwide. The vast majority of the people on the transplant lists in our region are waiting for a kidney. 21 people die in the U.S. each day due to the lack of available organs.”

Donors are Heroes was started by Don and Renee Freeman after Don received a heart transplant. It raises funds to support public education and awareness programming to encourage people to get the facts regarding organ and tissue donation and to register as donors. Some of their innovative programs include the It’s About Life grants to houses of worship, the Spirit for Life school outreach program targeting Philadelphia public and charter high schools and a partnership with Power 99 radio station to educate African Americans. Continue reading

 

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